Eric was mentioned in an article by Ben Steelman in the Wilmington, North Carolina newspaper The Star News, about his Wilmington reading with authors Schuler Benson and Taylor Brown for Eric’s 35-stop national book tour, which made a stop at Old Books on Front Street. The article appeared both in print and online:
“Banned Books Week begins
Banned Books Week starts Sunday, Sept. 21, celebrating the freedom to read by celebrating books that have, for one reason or another, been banned or challenged over the years.
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Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front, is planning a bit more. At 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 24), the store will mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned obscenity findings against Henry Miller’s novel, Tropic of Cancer. Among other things, the store will be screening a locally produced documentary on Miller and his work, according to proprietor Gwenyfar Rohler.
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Meanwhile, on Sunday, Sept. 21, the store is throwing a three-way launch party beginning at 7 p.m. Eric Shonkwiler will be introducing his debut novel, Above All Men. Schuler Benson, who’s in the MA program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, will be represented by his Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide, which came out this year from Alternating Current. And homeboy Taylor Brown will be reading from his story collection, In the Season of Blood & Gold, which came out this summer from Press 53 in Winston-Salem.”
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